Some links for your Friday afternoon…
- Jermaine Dye mentioned to Frank Thomas that he's considering retirement, according to a tweet from CSN Chicago's Chuck Garfien.
- Adam Rubin of The New York Daily News tweets the Mets' players that are out of options: Pat Misch, Anderson Hernandez, Nelson Figueroa, and Fernando Nieve. All four seem to be on the bubble.
- ESPN.com's Keith Law says Tim Lincecum left "a lot of money on the table" this morning when he agreed to a two-year $23MM deal.
- A number of unnamed GMs tell ESPN.com's Jayson Stark that they haven't figured out how to find good middle relief consistently.
- Javier Vazquez tells Carlos Gonzalez of Primera Hora that he doesn't see himself playing until he's 38 or 39. Vazquez, 33, doesn't expect to retire this year or next year, though. (Translated by Nick Collias).
- Bartolo Colon's agent tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that the former Cy Young Award winner wants to pitch this coming season (Twitter link).
- Tom Glavine tells David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he won't rule out a future as a pitching coach. Now it would be too much of a time commitment for him.
- Ryan Rowland-Smith says via Twitter that he's glad the Mariners re-signed Mike Sweeney.
- The Rays signed infielders Angel Chavez and J.J. Furmaniak to minor league deals and invited the pair to Spring Training, according to a team press release.
- David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News shows that the Phillies have already made major commitments for 2011. They may not be able to re-sign Jayson Werth.
- ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports that Russ Springer intends to pitch this coming season.
- MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan has details on Khalil Greene's deal with the Rangers. The infielder makes $250K if he spends one day on the team's roster.
- Neftali Feliz leads USA Today's list of 100 names we need to know.
- Like most, Jack Moore of FanGraphs finds it hard to imagine 2011 free agent Derek Jeter finishing his career with a team other than the Yankees. One reason Moore believes Jeter's a fit in the Bronx: the shortstop's inside-out swing is perfect for Yankee Stadium.
- MLB.com's Adam McCalvy guesses that Corey Hart's reps successfully compared their client to Jeff Francoeur and Josh Willingham. Hart won his arbitration hearing with the Brewers.
- Jon Heyman of SI.com tweets that the Giants and Tim Lincecum went right to the door of their arbitration hearing this morning before settling.
Oh somebody call Ed Wade and let him know Springs is looking for work… maybe he’ll get a ST invite too….
These Free Agents are so uncomfortable on the market. Dye, Washburn, Delgado, and more of these guys are thinking about retirement. Relax fellas! You’ll get a job!!
“Hey Ed, we have some trash that wants to get paid LOTS of money, I mean their demands are outrageous, MULTIPLE YEARS! Interested?”
you might as well just take Jeter’s name off the 2011 free agent list cause hes not going anywhere!
I applaud your optimism, but his agent is Scott Boras so……
Actually, his agent is Casey Close.
If Jeter changes teams next year it could be a sign of the coming apocalypse.
Jeter would look hilarious in some other uniform. Dodger blue anyone?
Yeah, Jeter with any other team’s colors or name on the front would be weird. It wouldn’t look right. I don’t think he’d be dumb enough to tarnish his legacy by doing that. I get the feeling he’d rather retire than be anything but a Yankee.
Jeter loves the Yankees, sure, but if they for some reason weren’t going to offer him a contract at all, I highly doubt he wouldn’t go somewhere else.
He may love the Yankees, but he also loves playing and loves winning. He’s got plenty left in the tank; he’d play elsewhere.
“guesses that Corey Hart’s reps successfully compared their client to Jeff Francoeur”
Jeff Francoeur. No longer just a horrific hitter – now he’s screwing up arbitration figures for mediocre players.
Werth needs the Phils far more than the Phils need Werth.
This statement makes zero sense.
I’d like to hear an explanation on this. Ibanez is not going to be on fire out of the gate as he was last year. Who do they have to replace him now? Michael Taylor is gone.
??? Werth is a great player. Teams will be standing in line to give a multi-year contract to him despite his age of 30. He is very athletic, plays good defense, and is a great hitter.
Heh the David Murphy link goes to David Murphy (the player) at b-r.com….not the Daily news article.
Werth is exactly what the Phillies want- a guy who should only sign a 3 year deal anyway. The Phillies love those 3 year deals, so just do it already. As soon as that last check for this year’s $10MM comes, just put ink to paper for that extension. Only question is; will it be 3years/$30MM or 3 years/$45MM? I’m guessing 3 years/$34.5MM or something like that.
I’d like it, and I think a lot of it will come down to the progress of Domonic Brown. If he’s moving up steadily this season and looks ready, they let Werth walk. If not, they may try to sign Werth to a back-loaded deal mid-season…since they’re already on the books for over $132m in 2011.
I think the Phils are banking on two of Brown, Gose or Gillies being ready by 2012 (when Ibanez comes off the books). Brown probably will be, but the other two are still quite a ways off. It’s a gamble.
If Werth has another strong year, I’m betting he’ll want just under Jason Bay money.
Jason Bay’s contract comes to mind.
Bartolo, I don’t think many teams want to have a pitcher sport a 6.00 ERA.
and then disappear half way through the season
Well he had a 4.19 era last year so idk where this 6.00 ERA comes from
Ben, clicking on David Murphy leads to the player’s stats on Baseball Reference.
Good thing Vazquez made this announcement. I think we were all wondering.
I would rather give Colon a few starts than give Russ Ortiz a few starts. Some team should give Colon an invite to spring training. Then again, Colon did flake out on the BoSox, disappearing to the DR mid-season, so that may be weighing against him.
He disappeared on the white sox last season.
Ray King you are my hero!!!!!!!!
That’s the link to the David Murphy article.
Bartolo Colon wants to start? Hahaha hilarious, the guy will pitch 1/3 of the season and vanish to be seen again.
ESPN.com’s Keith Law says Tim Lincecum left “a lot of money on the table”
Team and player reach an agreeable compromise. Too bad a writer has to add his stinking opinion in order to sell more subscriptions to Insider.
I can’t find the AD for Fox Sports, that had Colon running as fast as he possibly could dressed as a concession worker.. I am very sad now.
Just a couple of thoughts about what y’all are saying. Werth is DEFINITELY going to cash in big-time if he has another season like he had last year. He hasn’t been a great player since his early 20’s, but I think if he continues to do what he’s done since becoming a starter with the Phillies, that will be proof enough for teams next winter that he’s an established star. Not only does Werth offer exceptional power, but he runs the bases well, can steal bases, gets on base very well, and is a plus defender in the outfield as well. I could easily see him getting Jason Bay money, or more.
And I’m really surprised that nobody has signed Felipe Lopez yet, especially now that he should be able to be signed for cheap. He’s better (and younger) than the overrated Orlando Hudson, and will probably get around 2 or 3 million to sign–about half of what Hudson got. I think he makes sense for the Cubs (he’s better than Fontenot or Jeff Baker), or the Dodgers (better than DeWitt/Carroll/Belliard), as far as contending teams go.
Wow the Carroll signing looks worse and more of a head-scratcher by the day.
Ned jumped all over that one!
Yes sir, he was Johnny On The Spot alright!
Umm, I think they’re still 100 SP innings shy of a combination plate.
Eric Stults, we’re gonna see too much of you.